May 5, 2019

It was short, but sweet…

After leaving the boot of Italy we sailed across to Corfu, the first Greek Island in the string of islands in the Ionian Sea. Immediately we were hit with how difficult the Greek language is, it's impossible to read street signs when you don't know the alphabet. But lucky for us someone recommended a book "Speak Greek Badly in 20 minutes", so now we do. "F Harry's toe" said really quickly is the perfect pronunciation for the Greek word for thank you, at least to our ears. Thankfully most locals speak at least a little English, but we have learned in each new country we visit that they always appreciate us making an effort to speak the local language, no matter how badly.

We attempt to talk with people everywhere we go...

March 26, 2019

Just three short days after we said good bye to my parents and returned to the boat we received that phone call you know will some day come but you are never really prepared for. My dad had passed away, such a hard truth to absorb. He was such a special guy, and to say that seems a huge understatement. We traveled back home, the only place it made sense to be, with all the family and friends that mourned him along with us. Sharing stories and tears with the big, loving family he left behind made me so appreciative of the importance he had always placed on family, the knowledge they will always be there when you need them, and they all were. My mom's request was that his five daughters together say the eulogy, a task none of us wanted to tak...

March 11, 2019

We arrived back at the boat after spending three months on land. There were long good byes, 21 hours of travel, two planes, a rental car, traffic jams and wrong way streets. The pizzeria near the marina eased us back into life on board with 3 euro beers, 5 euro pizzas and Italian karaoke. We decided it's impossible to get a bad pizza in Italy and all Italians have great singing voices.

How did we feel about being back? In all honesty, we were really torn leaving home after our extended visit, family and friends have such a strong pull. At first it did take a little while to get used to all the conveniences of home, grocery stores down the street, a car in the driveway, no job to break up our days, and ready conversations with everyone we saw...

December 1, 2018

Way back when we first started looking into moving on board and doing all the research that entailed, we learned about the Schengen Agreement which limits the stay of non EU residents (like us) to 90 days in any 180 day period in a list of EU countries. Well, we learned about it and then we put any thought of it on the back burner as we set off for the Caribbean, Europe was a long way away and we would figure that out when the time came. The time is here, and we are still attempting to figure it out. We thought once we arrived in Europe we would meet other cruisers that had researched ways to prolong their stay and learn from them, not so lucky. Now that we are here we are finding that there are not an abundance of US citizens traveling aro...

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Our Itinerary

December 2018 - Leave the boat in Salerno, Italy

March 2019 - Return to Salerno

Sail to - Greece

              Croatia

 

July 2019 - Start to work our way back west across the Mediterranean

              Italy

              Balearic Islands

              Spain

              Portugal

September 2019 - return home for our daughter's wedding!

 

October 2019 - Arrive in the Canary Islands

November 2019 - Sail from Canary Islands to Cape Verde and on to St. Lucia

December 2019 - Arrive in St. Vincent in plenty of time for the holidays!

Winter 2020 - Enjoy sailing the Caribbean, warm water and sunny skies

April 2020 -Begin the sail back home

June 2020 - Be back in Buffalo for the birth of our granddaughter!

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